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Rondelet: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rondelet, which is a French form with refrains and end rhymes.

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Rondelet Poems

The rondelet is a typical French form with rhymes and refrains. Here are the basic guidelines for this poetic form:

  • 7 lines
  • Lines 1, 3, and 7 are refrains
  • Refrain lines are 4 syllables long, other lines are 8 syllables
  • Rhyme scheme: AbAabbA

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Learn how to write sestina, shadorma, haiku, monotetra, golden shovel, and more with The Writer’s Digest Guide to Poetic Forms, by Robert Lee Brewer.

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Here’s my attempt:

promises, by Robert Lee Brewer

we were all told
to wait for things to get better
we were all told
our lead actions would turn to gold
and our desert thoughts get wetter
but there's no show for the letter
we were all told

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